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Data governance is a process and structure for formally defining and managing information as a resource. It ensures that the appropriate owners representing business processes, data and technology are involved in the decision-making.

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Today, data governance units are staffed with dedicated professionals who work in a range of specialized activities. With such dedicated personnel, the rest of the enterprise recognizes it has a resource to help it with its data-related needs and has begun to request services from data governance. If data governance simply reacts in an ad hoc manner to the services requested of it, then it is likely to be limited in its effect and will have difficulty demonstrating how it is making a positive difference.

However, if data governance can manage its service requests via a casework approach then it can be much more successful. Casework involves using a standard process to record, assign, prioritize, manage, report on and close out service requests. When a data governance unit decides to formally adopt casework as a way of working, there are a number of principles that should be followed:
Information Management NewsSupporting the theme of information governance at its annual conference this week in San Diego, the American Health Information Management Association has released a framework for helping healthcare organizations to govern information based on eight principles.
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Information Management's DM RadioDespite its rocky road to the present, and the uncertain path to the future, data quality remains a paramount enterprise concern. So does data governance, and the two should go hand-in-glove. But the latter is often viewed as an impediment, while the former's condition remains tenuous. Register for this episode of DM Radio to hear this live discussion.
CommentaryBusiness data governance has uncovered the need to focus on the behaviors of data producers, managers and users rather than the data itself. The data simply reflects the habits of its participants, so improve their habits for its production and handling and it will improve.
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CommentaryCreate a data governance team to help people understand and manage the entire data challenge, not just their respective pieces.
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Information Management NewsDresner Advisory Services identifies correlation with business intelligence and data governance and innovative organizations

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